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Painter, draughtsman and printmaker, born in Hereford. Cumming said: “I draw when I paint,” drawing being “not easy, but essential.” Her pictures could be witty or apparently naïve with elements of fantasy, and sometimes employed a Pointillist style. She studied at Slade School of Fine Art, 1950–4, teachers including William Coldstream, B A R Carter and F E McWilliam. Won several awards, including Rome Scholarship, 1954–6. Took part in many group exhibitions, including Young Contemporaries, 1952; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1957–63; LG, 1958–9; and RA Slade centenary exhibition, 1971. Had a solo show at Beaux Arts Gallery, 1964, later ones including Cooling Gallery and Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, both 1990. After an exhibition at Chateau de Montmarin Gallery in Brittany in 1999, Paintings from 1953–2005 in 2005 at Thompson’s Marylebone explored the full range of Cumming’s unpredictable output.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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